Norman Conquest of 1066 brought to England. It comes from a diminution of the medieval given name Giles. That name is derived from the Greek aigidion, which means kid, or young goat. CITATION[CLOSE]
Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
Early Origins of the Gilliat family
Norfolk where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Gilliat family
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Gilliat Spelling Variations
Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Gilliat family name include Gillette, Gilliott, Gillet, Gillott, Gillett and others.
Early Notables of the Gilliat family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gilliat family to Ireland
Some of the Gilliat family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Gilliat family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Gilliat family to immigrate North America:
Gilliat Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
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